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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians

The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians, poems by Laura Hope-Gill; photographs by John Fletcher (Asheville: Grateful Steps hardcover, photo quality paper, Sept. 2009, 118 pages, many color photographs, $49.95). See book's website.

John Fletcher's photos--with three different cameras over twenty years--reveal his sensitivity to atmospheric elements in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Laura Hope-Gill, a prominent local poet and organizer of Asheville Wordfest Poetry Festival, saw each photo as a mirror and created companion poems that relate the moments of communion with nature.

The photo on the cover goes with the first poem--and the title one--"The Soul Tree," which reads:


I have become the place
I grew into
And out of. Hear what my branches teach.

Hear how the loosest limb whispers
How I will be the first to feed, first fallen.
How I will fall from the inside out
And let what's in me out.

I have become the dry thing.
The mountain air strives to revive me.
Anymore I've no need

For rain or sleep. These have fed me enough.
Or even light. What arises for all things
I now become.

I've climbed my branches out of myself

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